Andy McDonald roasts Blues’ decision to bring back Ken Hitchcock

The Blues are reportedly planning to give Ken Hitchcock a new one-year contract. The team elected that Hitchcock proved enough in the team’s third-round playoff exit to warrant one more year behind the bench. As you might imagine, the decision is a pretty polarizing one in St. Louis. Some fans will be pleased to see Hitchcock given another shot after leading the team to within...
Via Puck Drunk Love
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Ken Hitchcock to return as head coach of the Blues

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the St. Louis Blues bench next season, as he’ll sign a one-year contract in a move which could be announced as soon as tomorrow, reports Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Hitchcock will be back with #stlblues on one-year contract for 2016-17 season, according to league sources. Announcement could come tomorrow — Jeremy Rutherford...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

The St. Louis media is trying to create an ugly narrative with Tarasenko and Shattenkirk

Regardless of what happens out on the ice, every team has a scapegoat. It’s just how things work in the sporting world. For the Blues, that title fell on Vladimir Tarasenko after he was mostly invisible during the series against the San Jose Sharks. Other players performed poorly too, yet the main focus was on Tarasenko because of how important he was all season long. Heat has...
Via Frozen Notes
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Vlasic donates $2,500 to Backes’ charity

The third-round series between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues wasn’t exactly a friendly one. Physical, grueling action reigned supreme and there were plenty of questionable/cheap shots after the whistle. Even though the two clubs visibly had a lot of hate, that didn’t stop Marc-Edouard Vlasic from donating to David Backes’ charity after the series wrapped up....
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumor Roundup: The latest on the St. Louis Blues

Having come up short in their quest to reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 46 years, the St. Louis Blues face a possible off-season of change.’s Craig Custance believes the Blues should re-sign coach Ken Hitchcock to another one-year contract. He cites how Hitchcock guided the club to their first Western Conference final in 15 years and how they also overcame...
Via The Hockey News
2 days ago

Backes named to Team USA; Shattenkirk misses cut

Two-time Olympic forward Phil Kessel failed to make the final cut for the United States' World Cup of Hockey roster Friday, a day after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final.In passing over the 10-year NHL veteran, Team USA officials filled the final four forward spots with Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky, Toronto's James van Riemsdyk, Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan and...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Inability to close out first two series early may have doomed Blues in conference finals

ST. LOUIS -- A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues, who, instead of competing for the Stanley Cup this season, will have to settle for the franchise's first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001.The Blues had trouble putting away the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round after taking a 3-1 series...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blaming Vladimir Tarasenko for St. Louis Blues’ loss is looking for easy scapegoat

What are the three favorite things among hockey writers and media types? • Free food, preferably buffet, preferably with a dessert cart. • Telling anyone and everyone about their hotel and airline points. • Blaming a postseason series loss on one player. The first two are harmless enough, although nobody — and I mean NOBODY — cares about your status with Marriott. Oh...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Goodnight 2015-16 St. Louis Blues

These posts are never easy even though I’ve had plenty of practice writing them over the years. It’s time to say goodbye to the 2015-16 St. Louis Blues. This year is even more difficult because the Blues came within two wins of a trip to play for the Stanley Cup. That notion alone is difficult to grasp as a Blues fan, but the way the team imploded in the third round against arguably...
Via Frozen Notes
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thanks for the jolt, Jake; now it's back to Elliott in net

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are going back to goaltender Brian Elliott for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.Jake Allen has started the last two games and made 21 saves in a 6-3 Game 5 loss that included two empty-net goals.The Sharks have a 3-2 series lead and are seeking their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals. The Blues...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Lost and Found

There is a plethora of ways that teams can win the Stanley Cup. For the St. Louis Blues, their key to success may be having a roster that acts more like a carousel than a cement block. Puzzled by the analogy? A carousel is always moving, while cement blocks stay in tact. For Game 4, the Blues went through a huge makeover and regained home ice advantage in the Western Conference Finals...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues let a winnable Game 5 slip through their fingers

Game 5 was a winnable game for the St. Louis Blues and they let it slip away. In a series in which the San Jose Sharks have received big games from their stars, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk  and others went missing. Need a summary? Watch what happened when the Blues pulled their goalie. These 16 seconds sum things up. #stlblues — Frozen Notes...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Hitchcock puts conservative goaltending in check

Hockey coaches have often been considered too conservative when it comes to pulling their goalies in attempt to gain back advantage at the end of hockey games. Thursday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in San Jose, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock eschewed that conservative stigma, pulling Jake Allen off the ice in favor of an extra attacker with five minutes...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How The West Will Be Won

In a Western Conference Final that features two teams to never win the Stanley Cup, the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues are tied with two wins each after four games. The Blues battled back after being shut out in two consecutive games, defeating the Sharks 6-3 to even the series. There are several factors that will likely determine the winner of the Western Conference. Scoring...
Via The Sports Quotient
8 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues set to start Jake Allen in Game 4 desperation move

The St. Louis Blues haven’t been this close to the Stanley Cup since 1991, and head coach Ken Hitchcock sees his team with their back to the wall once again. After going down 2-1 in the Western Conference finals to the San Jose Sharks, the Blues are literally looking to throw the kitchen sink at the wall as Hitchcock announced the pulling of starting goaltender Brian Elliot in...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Blues are avoiding past playoff woes

Unlike the Blues of the past, this St. Louis Blues team looks ready to finally win in the playoffs. The Blues have arguably been the most consistent regular season team over the last five seasons averaging 99.2 points (2012-13 was a shortened season). They have finished either first or second in their division over those five years. Despite such regular season success, playoff consistency...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues Loose But Make Dreams Come True

Special night meeting and welcoming Gerry and Wyatt to the Blues family! — Robby Fabbri (@RFabbri15) May 18, 2016 The San Jose Sharks were able to tie the Western Conference Final at one apiece Tuesday night as they conquered the St. Louis Blues 4-0 in Game 2. A storyline to melt any of the toughest hockey fans around is that...
Via Beyond The Benches
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Milbury says if you’re going to hit a player, give them a concussion

The St. Louis Blues took some bad penalties in Game 2 against the San Jose Sharks which ultimately played a major role in a lopsided 4-0 loss by the Blues. NBCSN analyst Mike Milbury agreed that the penalties were dumb, but probably not in the way you’d expect. Milbury says if you’re going to get penalized for slashing, make sure you break some bones. And if you’re going to...
Via Awful Announcing
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Milbury makes controversial remarks advocating for hits that injure

Mike Milbury is in a bit of hot water after making some comments during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. The NBC Sports analyst was talking about an interference penalty the Blues’ Steve Ott received during the second period of the Sharks’ 4-0 win. In Milbury’s view, if a player is going to hit someone...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis With The Early Lead

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals kicked off on Sunday and it’s the St. Louis Blues that have jumped out to an early series lead. The Blues would grab the first goal near the end of the first period, only to have the San Jose Sharks come back and tie it up just seconds later. The winning goal would come in the second period when Jori Lehtera ripped one past Martin Jones....
Via Beyond The Benches
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadians To Become Blues Fans?

A rare thing has happened this postseason, no Canadian team has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is actually the first time since the 1969-70 season that this has come about in the NHL. So, what are Canadian fans to do? Well, the St. Louis Blues have decided to reach out to Canada to give them a welcoming opportunity to cheer for the team in St. Louis.  Looking at a few of the...
Via Beyond The Benches
16 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Western Conference Final

Postseason VitalsSan Jose: 8-4-0 in 12 games in the playoffsSt. Louis: 8-6-0 in 14 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThis is the fifth time the two franchises have faced off in the playoffs, with all previous meetings taking place in the first round and each team winning two series apiece. San Jose took the 2015-16 regular-season series 2-1-0 with the home team winning each...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Game 7 between the Blues and Stars is must-see hockey

The Eastern Conference Final set itself after the Penguins defeated the Capitals Tuesday night. The Western Conference Final, however, is still a bit of a mystery, with two Game 7 bouts scheduled for the latter part of the week. Needless to say, neither one of these games is to be missed.Looking back at media predictions preceding Round 2’s matchup between the St. Louis Blues and...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

How The Blues Defeated The Hawks

In an epic playoff battle featuring two division rivals, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, ruining their chance to become the first back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions in 18 years. The Blues took a commanding 3-1 series lead before the Hawks won two consecutive contests to force a Game 7 in St. Louis. This series featured two talented teams that were almost evenly...
Via The Sports Quotient
April 29, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Blues vs. Stars

VitalsDallas: 50-23-9 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1St. Louis: 49-24-9 regular season, 4-3-0 in seven games played in Round 1Season SeriesSt. Louis won four in the five-game regular-season series, including two victories in overtime and one in the shootout.Playoff HistoryDallas and St. Louis last met in the second round of the playoffs in 2001. The Blues completed...
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April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

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